The British Museum’s major Autumn exhibition, supported by BP, will explore ancient Egyptian beliefs about life after death. Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead will showcase the rich textual and visual material from the British Museum’s collection of Book of the Dead papyri. The ‘Book’ was used for over 1500 years between c. 1600 BC and 100 AD. It is not a single text, but a compilation of spells thought to aid and assist the dead through the dangers of the hereafter and ensure eternal life.
This collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of Book of the Dead manuscripts in the world. The Museum’s exhibition will be the first opportunity to see so many examples displayed together. It will be an amazing chance to view the longest Book of the Dead in the world, the Greenfield Papyrus, which measures 37 metres in length and has never been shown publicly in its entirety before. The collection also includes famous paintings from the papyri of Ani and Hunefer and selected masterpieces on loan from major international collections. Also displayed will be a dazzling array of painted coffins, gilded masks, amulets, jewellery, tomb figurines and mummy trappings.
It is a case of modern alongside ancient, as new media and recent research will be used to interactively interpret The ‘Book.’
This exhibition runs from 4 November 2010 until 6 March 2011 and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these ancient objects in person. Any History or Classics educational trip to London will be greatly enhanced by including a visit to this exhibition.
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